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Berpulang Tanpa Perayaan

Pandemi turut menimbulkan riak bagi tatanan sosial budaya masyarakat Batak. Berbagai ritual kematian sakral—yang dapat berlangsung berhari-hari dan dihadiri ratusan orang—kini harus turut disiasati.
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
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An Absence of Adat

In North Sumatra, Indonesia, Batak culture has strong, distinct rituals around death known as adat. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, these customs have had to be adapted. Is Batak adat in the midst of a cultural sea change?
  • Tonggo Simangunsong
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活在生死之间

马来西亚的新政府在政权更迭的几月后开始考虑废除死刑。在这具有争议性的讨论中,一名死囚的案件引发了关于错误处决的一些问题。原文发表于2019年7月3日。
  • Emily Ding
  • Charis Loke
  • Ellena Ekarahendy
  • Jessica Xu
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Myanmar’s Cinema Centenary and Film Censorship

As the nation celebrates its 100th year of filmmaking, documentary filmmakers say their genre is gaining ground while documentarians still face old challenges, from government censorship to limited funding.
  • Adam Bemma
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Death With a Dash of Disney

At a cemetery designated for the COVID-19 pandemic’s dead in Medan, Indonesia, staff require mourners to wear protective clothes, and offer to capture their visit on camera for posterity.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
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The Bloodied Arm of the Law

In Malaysia, police violence and deaths in custody are much-overlooked concerns, despite calls for investigation from human rights watchdogs. The numbers, and detainees and advocates behind them, show a grim, complicated picture.
  • Foong Li Mei
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Can Cambodia Eradicate the World’s Most Fatal Disease?

Each year, hundreds of people in Cambodia are estimated to die of rabies, which is treatable but fatal once symptoms present. Animal welfare and health experts say vaccinating the nation’s dogs and controlling the dog meat trade could help prevent deaths.
  • Kieran Murray
  • Andy Ball
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Indonesia’s COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

As Indonesia struggles with the global pandemic, another “viral” strain has surfaced: disinformation in the form of conspiracy theories.
  • Johannes Nugroho
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The Rat Catchers of Takeo

During the rainy season, rising waters in the rice fields surrounding Cambodia’s Koh Andet district provide an ample supply of rodents. As the global economic downturn leaves many jobless, some are turning to catching and exporting rats to make ends meet.
  • Mech Dara
  • Ananth Baliga
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Mami Vera, Pelindung Orang-orang Dolly

Area lokalisasi Dolly di Surabaya dulunya terkenal luas untuk kekerasan dan kejahatan di dalamnya. Sejak akhir 1980an, Lilik Sulistiowati menyusuri gang-gang sempit dan gelap kawasan itu—membaktikan hidupnya untuk anak-anak dengan HIV dan orang-orang lain yang dipinggirkan masyarakat.
  • Reno Surya
  • Ivan Darski
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The People’s Guardian of Dolly

In Surabaya, Indonesia, the red-light district of Dolly was notorious for crime and violence in the 1980s. Rather than look away, Lilik Sulistiowati moved into the community to care for children living with HIV and others who society left behind.
  • Reno Surya
  • Ivan Darski
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Hikayat Bedak Basah: Warisan yang Diturunkan Melalui Mimpi

Penghuni Desa Kabba di Sulawesi Selatan telah lama mengenal tradisi bedak basah, yang diturunkan dari generasi ke generasi. Kini, berbagai perubahan zaman—dari gentrifikasi hingga pola bertani—mengancam kelestariannya.
  • F Daus AR
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A Tradition Inherited Through a Dream

Wet talcum powder is known across Indonesia for having a wide variety of health benefits. But changes in the environment and agricultural practices have meant that its production—usually handed down through generations—could soon dry up.
  • F Daus AR
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Indonesia’s Steady Stream of Medical Waste

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical waste was an environmental problem in Indonesia, found in almost all the nation’s landfills. This year, a documented rise in medical refuse in Indonesian waterways threatens both the environment and human health.
  • Adi Renaldi
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Krisis Iklim dan Kelentingan Masyarakat

Dampak krisis iklim menghantam seluruh Gorontalo—dari sungai, pegunungan, hingga pesisir. Masyarakat setempat menerapkan cara sendiri untuk bertahan dan mewariskan bumi ke generasi berikut.
  • Zulkifli Mangkau
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